Friday, November 11, 2011

Another Porn Post (Made You Look, Made You Look!)

Porn- it can lead to erectile dysfunction. Which leads to guys looking forlornly into the distance while wearing white underclothes.  


When I did a post on one of the possible side effects of porn some weeks ago, I received a few emails and messages agreeing that pornography could definitely be a problem and thanking me for discussing it. However, they didn't want to do so publicly. Incidentally, they are all guys.


I also noticed a slight uptick in the number of hits, too- much like porn, posts about porn is something people want to gawk at, but not openly discuss.

So, I guess I'll get some more Looky-loos with this one, and I totally understand the reason you'll avoid the combox.

I wanted to share a couple more stories on the subject. First, one from Gizmodo that my husband passed on to me after the first posting:

"... Too much web porn! It's killing our libidos, lads, one frantically one-handed mouse click at a time.
 
So says a report from the University of Padua in Italy anyway, which purportedly discovered that randy gents with a penchant for hardcore sex on the Net were more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction when preparing to perform the real deal themselves.

The study focused on late teens and men in their 20's, and the crux of its findings was that the ever-increasing and diversifying selection of online porn and porn experiences has actually led to a numbing of men's pleasure receptacles, specifically to the response of dopamine (the "reward" neurochemical).

By hammering on the reward button so often and with such a wide range of experiences, Internet porn effectively subdues or eliminates the physiological sense of reward that sex so wonderfully provides.
Ergo, when she's lying there naked waiting for you, you realize that the whole situation feels a bit numb, you get subconsciously scared, and then things stop working. Awkward!

Worse still, the study apparently found that "quitting" web porn created a whole host of withdrawal symptoms. Insomnia, flu-like symptoms—all of which, in my opinion, pale in comparison to the actual ED that sets it all off."

 See picture caption above, only with Black models.

The second article is from the latest issue of The Christian Research Journal. I definitely recommend this periodical, by the way. "The Effects of Porn on the Male Brain" by William M. Struthers, begins with this powerful opening:

"In a 2010 interview with Playboy Magazine, Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer garnered a great deal of attention for his thoughts on former girlfriends (including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Simpson), racist comments, and altogether boorish behavior. 

What went under the radar, however, we're some revealing comments about his experiences with pornography. In a startling series of quotes, he gave his impressions about how the availability and access to porn may be affecting our expectations of sexuality and sexual intimacy. 

'Pornography? It's a new synaptic pathway. You wake up in the morning, open a thumbnail page, and it leads to a Pandora's Box of visuals. There have probably been days when I saw 300 [women] before I got out of bed... Internet pornography has absolutely changed my generation's expectations... You're looking for the one photo out of 100 you swear is going to be the one you finish to, and you still don't finish. Twenty seconds ago you thought that photo was the hottest thing you ever saw, but you throw it back... How does that not affect the psychology of having a relationship with somebody? It's got to.'" 

Struthers continues the piece by going into great detail about the science- neurotransmitters, testosterone, dopamine, endogenous opiates- behind the attraction to porn. His closing of the article says it all: "Sexual intimacy is a complex neuroxchemical, hormonal, and spiritual event. It is one of the most powerful God-given means by which human beings form attachments.... There is no such thing as "just looking at porn". There can be no doubt that it affects us neurologically in long lasting ways...."

Techie geek writer, Dr. Struthers and even John Mayer know it. Watching porn can lead to some serious problems in your relationship and how you view people. Is it really worth it?

2 comments:

Keiron said...

Ahhh.. I must say great read and... I will avoid the combobox. I must give you credit for writing about this subject.
F.A.R. --> what are your thoughts on why such a subject is taboo?

I must say to the guys that there is the option for anonymity

Alisha De Freitas said...

I think porn is still considered taboo in some ways. It's common knowledge many people watch it, but who wants to openly admit it? For some, they don't want to be viewed as misogynistic or objectifying women. Others are worried they'll be seen as Sinners (even though we all are), or not true Christians or something. Basically, no wants to be judged negatively. But as you pointed out, there is an anon option. Or you can just make up a name, lol.

It's funny how people seem more willing to forgive a murderer than a whore. Sex is the unforgivable sin???

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